Sunday, September 6, 2015

What I Thought I Left Behind

by Leann

I lived on the Texas Gulf Coast for a long time. I stayed in my home for a hurricane and several severe tropical storms. I learned staying was not what I wanted to do. The last hurricane to hit the area we lived, Hurricane Ike, was a severe wind storm as opposed to my first hurricane--Alicia. She was a rain storm. They are like unpleasant relatives, each with their nasty, unique characteristics.

Hurricane Ike took down a tree in our back yard  that was so huge I couldn't fit my arms around the trunk. Thank goodness it fell away from the house or it would have destroyed our home. Instead it only took off gutters as it swiped the garage. Once we cut up the tree and stacked it in our front yard for those who wanted some free firewood, the stacks stretched for about fifty feet.

Friday evening, here in South Carolina, we had a very mean thunderstorm--the kind that comes on suddenly. There was a lot of lightning and wind along with the rain. The animals were frightened and I was little nervous myself as we have so many windows.

Saturday morning, I got up early and let the dog out around 6AM. I could tell the rain had lasted longer than I thought and I even walked out down the driveway a little bit because Rosie doesn't like to get her feet wet and sometimes needs a little encouragement to get out on the grass. I was working on my next book when I got an interesting text message from our good friends: OMG. We're in your driveway. Now, I knew they were going car shopping so I thought they stopped by to show us what they'd bought. Instead, this is what I saw.


You can tell by these pictures how gigantic that tree was--a beautiful red oak. An hour earlier, before the text and while I was working, my husband was doing his laundry. I'd heard this tremendous noise. I went to the laundry room and asked him what the heck he was doing. He is a tad hard of hearing and looked at me like I was a little crazy. "Laundry. What does it look like I'm doing?" I told him it sounded like he was destroying something.

Turned out, that was probably when the tree, which had probably split the night before, finally fell. Mother Nature was doing the destruction. I couldn't believe it had happened again. We're
lucky we still have a truck and a garage!

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Leann, just how hard was it not to say "I told you so/See, I'm not crazy." to your husband? In the Northwest our big winds were all of last weekend. In two separate incidents, two people in Washington were killed when a tree fell on a car and when a branch fell on a girl playing outside. Good thing the first weekend of college football was this weekend rather than last as the passing games would have been wiped out. Cordella

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, he still believes I'm nuts and that the tree fell in the night. WHY DOES THAT MATTER? A giant tree fell down. A beautiful tree. I'm sad about that!!

mary kennedy said...

Leann, so glad you are okay! That could have been a disaster.

Leann Sweeney said...

True! I just read on MSN news that 43% of all homes will be affected by a natural disaster. Well, since every house we owned in Texas was affected, I thought we'd be home free (pun intended) here. I guess not.

John Presler said...

Glad everybody is OK - I was in Oregon on Columbus Day 1962 when Typhoon Freda hit the Oregon/Washington coast. Winds in excess of 200 mph. During the storm, the anemometer in The Dalles lost 3 of its 4 cups and the 100 yr old Weeping Willow tree in our front yard was half bare and half with leaves. Lost power for over two weeks, but fortunately very few fatalities from the storm.

Carol B said...

It looks as if maybe it got hit by lightning.....the way it is split, but it's hard to see all of it. I'm just glad no one was hurt, and none of your buildings were damaged!

Leann Sweeney said...

So scary. During Hurricane Alicia, a tornado zig-zagged down the street perpendicular to ours and it tore the sides off houses. You could look in and see furniture completely untouched, sort of like looking into a doll house. And they DO sound like freight trains.

Leann Sweeney said...

There was a small rotted area right near the break and I think that's all it took. The wind was absolutely violent.

Nicole said...

I'm sorry you had to go through this, Leann, but I'm glad to hear no one was injured!

Kay Bennett said...

So glad you and your house was not hurt. Sorry you had to lose your tree. Storms are nothing to play with that is for sure. Take care and be safe!!

lavendersbluegreen said...

I live in the Pacific Northwest too. Boy it sure sounds like we were all hit with bad storms last week.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Nicole! We have a beautiful white oak, the only tree we have near the lake, and it's just about as big, if not bigger. Now my husband wants to cut it down. But the eagle stops in that tree, the espry dive into the lake from there and we have a lovely bluebird house right next to it. I don't want to see it go!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Kay. I wish we still had that gorgeous tree but I'm glad Mother Nature took it down in the other direction.

Leann Sweeney said...

This was such a violent storm. I hope no animals were hurt!

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the tree but glad everyone's okay. Your conversation, with your husband, would be like me talking to mine...me, "Did you hear that?"...him, "What?" :)

Heather said...

Better across the drive than on top of the house. Glad you were okay during the storm.